Entertaining kids in Paris is easy. Just sightseeing around the city can be fun, plus there’s museums, beautiful parks with playgrounds and nearby Disneyland. There are always so many things to do in Paris with kids.
If you are looking for ideas of what to do in Paris with children, here is our pick of all the best Paris attractions for kids.
A family trip to Paris must include a visit to the Tour Eiffel. The tower is a great destination for a family outing: older kids are likely to demand to climb up to the top but if you don’t fancy the queue or the trek up, you can also simply enjoy its view while having a picnic on the large lawns surrounding it.
River Cruise on the Seine
One of the most beautiful and relaxing ways to experience Paris is to take a cruise along the Seine. The river is easy to navigate and plenty of cruise options are available offering different itineraries, formulas and durations. Many cruise providers cater specifically for families with child friendly commentaries and food options.
Hop on-hop off tour
Hop on-hop off buses are a fun and handy way to visit Paris with kids. Open top buses with commentaries in multiple languages connect the main Paris landmarks from the Arc de Tripmphe to Notre Dame, the Champs Elysee and more. The tours allow you to visit the city at your own pace and are a good way to get a break from walking. 1,2 and 3-day tickets are available.
The Musee d’Orsay is one of the most loved Paris museums by adults and kids alike. Smaller and more manageable than the famous Louvre, it has an impressive collection of Impressionists work easy to enjoy for kids of all ages.
The museum offers an interactive guided tour designed for children from five to ten years of age: tickets are available at the main ticket desk, no advance booking necessary.
The Centre Pompidou is a favourite hang out for families and with good reason. The building hosting the museum has a peculiar façade, criss-crossed by colourful tubes and staircases and just beside it sits a colourful fountain with water games sure to catch the kids’ attention.
Inside, the “Galerie des Enfants” (Kids Gallery) and the “Atelier des Enfants” (Kids Studio) offer child-friendly spaces where kids age 2 and up can engage with the art in a fun and educational way.
Located just outside Paris, EuroDisney is a treat for all ages. The distance from the city centre is short enough to allow a day trip here but if you have time and budget for this, try stay the night. Commuting will eat significantly into your day and you may miss out on the many evening activities and shows taking place in the park and onsite hotels.
Jardin de Luxembourg
Beautiful Jardin du Luxembourg lies in Paris city centre and it’s a charming place to take a break from city sightseeing. The gardens have lovely playgrounds, a puppet theatre with regular shows (at the time of writing, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm), a small pond and even pony rides for young kids!
Montmartre is the quintessential Parisian neighbourhood. It graces ‘la boutte’, the hill overlooking Paris and it is a lovely area to explore with kids. Take yourselves on a self-guide walking tour of Montmarte. Start by visiting Le Sacre Coeur, then allow yourself to get lost in the small streets behind it, filled with street performers and colourful art shops. Next head down to the vintage carousel, a guaranteed treat for young kids and vintage loving adults.
La Villette is a large park located to the North of Paris with a plethora of activities for kids of all ages. It is organised in several areas and hosts museums, concert halls, live performance stages, and theatres, as well as playgrounds for children.
Not to be missed here is the Science Museum: catering for kids aged from 2 to 12, the museum offers incredible exploration opportunities and is the largest in Europe of its kind.
Day Trip to Versailles
Castle lovers are in for a treat at Versailles. Located immediately outside of the city, the palace of Versailles is all an outlandish castle should be: the gardens are a treat for all ages and kings and queens in the making will have no difficulty imagining what it must have been like to live as royalty in these amazing grounds.
The palace is a great opportunity to put the start of the French revolution in context and audio-guides for age 8 and up are available.
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